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A Christian Hacker cottage 422
A wreck of a Hacker cottage with lots of work needed to be done, but I love it.
Posted on March 11, 2017 Full Size| Slideshow

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15 Comments

Becky
5:02 PM on March 24, 2017 
jasu.sutcliffe@btinternet.com says...
Did you get the photos of the flooring I sent? You may be able to enlarge these.

Yes, thanks so much, I will try to put them in Photoshop and see if I can do something with them. I meant to reply earlier but it's been a busy week. I will send photos of my pillars when I have a chance, the remaining gold is in such incomplete condition I don't know what to do with them!
jasu.sutcliffe@btinternet.com
12:55 PM on March 22, 2017 
Becky says...
Edel kindly sent me the photos from Swantje's book so I think I already have these, thank you. It's interesting as each cottage seems to have some variation, my pillars seem most like one that was auctioned on lot-tissimo.com (in my Pinterest album) but it differs from the designs in the book...
Did you get the photos of the flooring I sent? You may be able to enlarge these.
Becky
12:30 PM on March 22, 2017 
jasu.sutcliffe@btinternet.com says...
Yes, I think there was a little of the original gold paint, particularly on the banisters On page 270 of Swanje's book there are 2 Cottages, both have a little gold work on them, particularly on the door and windows downstairs.I have cleaned off all the rest of the gold work. I am sure this was a thick gold pencil as it came off easily, whereas the other, even when the top layers were cleaned, there seemed to be a remainder of the original. In the pictures all gold work was horizontal, except for one picture where the gold work curves round the pillars. I can send you a picture of this if you want one.. .

Edel kindly sent me the photos from Swantje's book so I think I already have these, thank you. It's interesting as each cottage seems to have some variation, my pillars seem most like one that was auctioned on lot-tissimo.com (in my Pinterest album) but it differs from the designs in the book...
jasu.sutcliffe@btinternet.com
10:42 AM on March 22, 2017 
Yes, I think there was a little of the original gold paint, particularly on the banisters On page 270 of Swanje's book there are 2 Cottages, both have a little gold work on them, particularly on the door and windows downstairs.I have cleaned off all the rest of the gold work. I am sure this was a thick gold pencil as it came off easily, whereas the other, even when the top layers were cleaned, there seemed to be a remainder of the original. In the pictures all gold work was horizontal, except for one picture where the gold work curves round the pillars. I can send you a picture of this if you want one.. .
Becky
7:37 AM on March 22, 2017 
I wonder if the gold paint follows an original pattern underneath or somebody has just tried to recreate it. Have you found any trace of the original gold paint underneath? The lines on my columns are striped horizontally, but there could perhaps have been variations in the designs.
jasu.sutcliffe@btinternet.com
11:26 AM on March 19, 2017 
Edel says...
So far I've only seen Hacker houses in pictures and not in the "flesh" (or should that be "wood"?), but they seem to me to be among the best finished of the well-known German makes. Gottschalk can be quite rough, and I recently acquired what I think is a Wagner house in very worn but original condition and it has no finish at all! I think it never encountered sandpaper or a file in the course of its production (it's still utterly charming, pictures soon). But this Hacker house and the others on the site look far superior in workmanship. It will be lovely to follow your progress with this!

Yes, Hacker houses were nearly always the best quality and made of wood. This one is now stripped down to the wood as all the gold work had been put on amateurishly with a gold pen.. I shall fill up any really bad bit with gesso and then start to pain over with a bland chalky paint. before painting some small areas with gold paint. I am using page 270 of Swantje's book on Hacker to get near as I can. There is one other person in DHPP who has one, and I haven't come across any more. I have 6 other Gottschalks, and, as you say, nowhere nearly as well built as this Hacker. Some of the very early ones (I have a butcher's shop) are very fragile..
Edel
5:43 AM on March 19, 2017 
So far I've only seen Hacker houses in pictures and not in the "flesh" (or should that be "wood"?), but they seem to me to be among the best finished of the well-known German makes. Gottschalk can be quite rough, and I recently acquired what I think is a Wagner house in very worn but original condition and it has no finish at all! I think it never encountered sandpaper or a file in the course of its production (it's still utterly charming, pictures soon). But this Hacker house and the others on the site look far superior in workmanship. It will be lovely to follow your progress with this!
jasu.sutcliffe@btinternet.com
5:44 PM on March 17, 2017 
Barbara says...
Absolutely lovely, I bought some thin picture frame glass for my hacker and that seems to work well. Good luck with the wallpapers maybe they are underneath as mine were.
When I say a wreck, I mean a wreck!! I should be so lucky with wallpapers - there are some there but bear no likeness to what should be there !Anyway, the awful gold has almost gone and now I am beginning to sand for smoothness, then gesso, then some paper maybe! I reckon 2 years to make as near to perfect as I can. Think of me!!!! I have, like you, managed to get hold of some 2mm glass, so all is not lost.
Barbara
3:28 PM on March 17, 2017 
Absolutely lovely, I bought some thin picture frame glass for my hacker and that seems to work well. Good luck with the wallpapers maybe they are underneath as mine were.
Zoe H
1:19 PM on March 14, 2017 
Wow! Lucky you!
Edel
1:18 PM on March 12, 2017 
Fabulous house!
Badger
5:27 PM on March 11, 2017 
This is lovely. What age is it?
Jan
2:41 PM on March 11, 2017 
I love it as it is.
jenny
12:09 PM on March 11, 2017 
Wow a stunning house, and lucky it is being cared for.
Val Hill
11:30 AM on March 11, 2017 
Absolutely gorgeous

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